Close but no cigar

This time last week Espanyol had eight points and were two points from “safety”, whereas this time this week they have eight points and are three adrift of Mallorca in the prized 17th spot. One goal scored and five conceded in the two intervening fixtures may lead you to surmise that not a whole lot … Continue reading Close but no cigar

Green shoots and rough terrain

Bernardo: Espanyol's beating heart. What a time to be alive. Espanyol got their fifth goal and second win of the current La Liga season with a mildly convincing performance against Levante on Sunday, which now makes it four wins away from home in all competitions this season compared to a big fat zero at RCDE … Continue reading Green shoots and rough terrain

Levante vs Espanyol

Víctor Gómez will be looking for his first win with the Espanyol first team. (photo: La Vanguardia) Levante vs Espanyol (16.00). A fixture to quicken the pulse. So many questions, so few people who care about the answers. The second teams from Spain's second and third cities go head to head in an autumnal clash … Continue reading Levante vs Espanyol

Rainbow in the dark

Campuzano (right) celebrates his winning goal with Dio (left). A heavily rotated Espanyol side turned in a complete performance in Bulgaria last night, coming away with the three points against the hitherto indomitable Ludogorets. Solid defensively, balanced in midfield and featuring a cutting edge in the shape of Víctor Campuzano, the pericos can look forward … Continue reading Rainbow in the dark

Ludogorets vs Espanyol

Cosmin Moti: half defender, half goalkeeper extraordinaire. (Telegraph). Espanyol’s long-awaited European adventure continues this evening, despite having been somewhat overshadowed by the club’s recent toils in La Liga. Talk of prioritising the Levante match on Sunday is not only depressing but also wide of the mark. Of course, Pablo Machín must use his squad wisely, … Continue reading Ludogorets vs Espanyol

Patience

Pablo Machín calls for patience. (Photo: La Vanguardia) Another week of La Liga action, another pointless affair for Espanyol. LDLWLDLLL does not make happy reading, and neither does the lack of activity in the “goals for” column, stuck at four for four weeks now. But as we said in our preview, the performance was more … Continue reading Patience

Espanyol vs. Villarreal

Espanyol vs. Villarreal, 16.00. (@RCDEspanyol) The international break hasn’t half dragged on, but La Liga is finally back. For Espanyol, this means another gruelling three weeks lie ahead, with two more Europa League group games thrown into the mix: 20/10 - Villarreal (H)24/10 - Ludogorets (A)27/10 - Levante (A)30/10 - Athletic Bilbao (A)2/11 - Valencia … Continue reading Espanyol vs. Villarreal

This is the end

Víctor points Gallego in the right direction. Chen Yansheng looks into the mirror. It is a day he had hoped would never come. A lifetime in the cynical world of business should have taught him better. In his mind, he rehearses what he will say... This is the end, beautiful friend, of our elaborate plans, … Continue reading This is the end

Mallorca vs. Espanyol (12.00)

There is a togetherness in the Espanyol squad. It's another early kickoff for Espanyol, prime time for the Wu Lei fan club, who will be hoping their man can follow up on his lovely chip against CSKA Moscow on Thursday to fire the blanc-i-blau to a much-needed La Liga victory over Mallorca at Son Moix. … Continue reading Mallorca vs. Espanyol (12.00)

WU ARE YOU? WU, WU, WU, WU?

Wu Lei opened the scoring last night in Moscow. Espanyol on tour are a different proposition to the shadow of a team that has been turning out at RCDE stadium this season, and last night they sustained their unbeaten record on the road in all competitions with a convincing 0-2 in Moscow against CSKA. In … Continue reading WU ARE YOU? WU, WU, WU, WU?